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Sunderland RCA 2 Morpeth Town 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 28 August 2016
Saturday, 27 August 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

​Club Captain Clayton Davis on the ball during SRCA's well earned draw againts FA Vase holders Morpeth Town. Photograph: Simon Mears​.

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Goalscorers: SRCA: Callen, Swansbury:  Morpeth: Robinson, Graydon.

The management team gave late fitness tests to Cassidy and McBryde, surprisingly Cassidy was passed fit while McBryde was still unable to play. In defence Lay (holiday) was replaced by Hodgson and J Davis returned to the centre of midfield having served his one match suspension.

Sunderland RCA 2 Ashington 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 21 August 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1
​Ross McNab in action during the 2 - 1 home win over Ashington. Photograph: Simon Mears

​Ross McNab in action during the 2 - 1 home win over Ashington. Photograph: Simon Mears.

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Goalscorers: SRCA, Larkin, Charlton:  Ashington: McAndrew.

Prior to the match, there were two topics of conversation, the weather, if the rain would hold off long enough to get the game played, and the return to the starting line-up of club captain Clayton Davis, as it happened neither materialised. The heavy rain forecast turned out to be intermittent showers and Clayton was injured in the warm up and took no part in the match.

Further problems concerned the goal keeper Neal Bussey who also pulled up during the warm up and was replaced by Jordan Harkess.

The injury to C Davis meant that the returning striker Callum Hassan was promoted to the starting eleven to make his second debut for the club and Craig Hodgson was selected to take the place of the suspended Johnnie Davis.

On cue the rain started just prior to the teams coming out although it was not the predicted deluge that we were expecting.

Chester-le-Street 2 Sunderland RCA 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 18 August 2016
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Johnnie Wightman in action during RCA's 4 - 2 win at Chester-le-Street: Photograph: Simon Mears.

Johnnie Wightman in action during RCA's 4 - 2 win at Chester-le-Street: Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: Chester-le-Street, Mole (2), SRCA, Callen (3), Davis.

Sunderland RCA made the short trip to Chester Moor for the first time in six years to play their first away game in the league this season.

The team was bolstered by the return of Stephen Callen in attack while Greg Swansbury made his debut for the club after being passed fit.

Sunderland RCA 2 Guisborough Town 4

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 14 August 2016
Saturday, 13 August 2016 - 3:00pm
Northern League 1

 ​Craig Hodgson makes his presence felt during his debut against Guisborough Town. Photograph by simon Mears 

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Goalscorers: SRCA: McBryde, Cassidy;  Guisborough: Charmey, Bligh, Bulmer, Clark.

The RCA management team made two changes for today's visit of Guisborough Town, Hodgson was brought in for his debut replacing Stewart and Larkin replaced Callen.

Sunderland RCA 3 West Auckland 2

Submitted by Rob Jones on Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Tuesday, 9 August 2016 - 7:30pm
Northern League 1
Jonathan Davis in action during RCA's 3 - 2 win against West Auckland. Photograph by Simon Mears.

Jonathan Davis in action during RCA's 3 - 2 win against West Auckland. Photograph by Simon Mears.

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Goal scorers: SRCA: McBryde, Callen, Davis: West Auckland: D Richardson, M Hudson

After the disappointment of Saturday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Penrith, the management team made two changes to the starting eleven, Bussey came in for Harkess who was working and Callen replaced Larkin (knee injury).

Penrith 1 Sunderland RCA 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 7 August 2016
Saturday, 6 August 2016 - 3:00pm
FA Cup
Danni Lay in action during the FA Cup

​New signing Danni Lay in action during the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round match against Penrith. Photograph by Simon Mears.

More of Simon Mears' photographs from the FA Cup match at Penrith can be viewed here.

Goalscorers: SRCA: None,   Penrith: Smith

RCA made the trip across the Pennines to take on Penrith in the Extra Preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Injuries, holidays and work commitments meant that RCA travelled with a very depleted team. Swansbury failed a late fitness test which paved the way for Danni Lay to make his debut for the club. Also making his debut was James Cassidy, while Steven Stewart, Jonathan Davis and Liam McBryde were returning to the club and made the starting eleven.

Sunderland RCA 3 Pickering Town 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 31 July 2016
Saturday, 30 July 2016 - 3:00pm
Friendly
Stephen Callen taking on the Pickering Town defence before scoring one of RCA's three goals. Photograph by Simon Mears

​Stephen Callen taking on the Pickering Town defence before scoring one of RCA's three goals. Photograph by Simon Mears

Goalscorers: SRCA: Stewart, Hughes, Callen

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RCA entertained Pickering Town of the Northern Counties East League for this afternoon's friendly. There was more than a passing interest in this game as the visitors were drawn against our neighbours RCW in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round next week.

Both teams had selection problems prior to this game. RCA gave fitness tests to five players and all five failed leaving a squad of 12, one of whom was the physio.

However out of adversity came a truly excellent performance from 1 - 12, although the physio's was only a cameo role of eight minutes.

Silksworth CW 3 Sunderland RCA 1

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 28 July 2016
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 7:15pm
Friendly

SRCA goalscorer, Tommy Butler in action in the friendly against Silksworth. Photograph: Simon Mears.

Goalscorers: Silksworth : Moody (2), Muir: SRCA: Butler.

RCA suffered their first defeat of the Pre season when they lost to a very well organised Silksworth team.

With six players missing through injury and work commitments it was always going to be difficult.

RCA went 1 0 down after 17 minutes when a long ball forward was not dealt with and although Harkess saved the initial shot Muir followed up to fire home.

Sunderland RCA 9 HMS Bulwark 0

Submitted by Rob Jones on Thursday, 21 July 2016
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 7:45pm
Friendly

James Cassidy in action during the match against HMS Bulwark:  Photograph:  Simon Mears

Goalscorers: Hughes (3), Callen (2), Gordon (2), Wightman, J. Davis

Due to operational problems on board HMS Bulwalk the ship did not dock until after 6.30pm.

Therefore it was great credit to the players, who disembarked and arrived at Durham’s Riverside Complex for 7.45pm and immediately took to the field with little or no preparation.

Richmond Town 1 Sunderland RCA 3

Submitted by Rob Jones on Sunday, 17 July 2016
Saturday, 16 July 2016 - 2:00pm
Friendly

New signing Craig Hodgson in action at Richmond.   Photograph: C/o Simon Mears

Goalscorers: Callen (2), OG

Today saw the start of the build up to the new season with a convincing 3 - 1 win against a decent Richmond team.

There were a few new faces on show today but the nucleus of last year's squad remained.

The first half was fairly short on goalmouth action with only two efforts of any note on target, a Larkin header which was saved by the Richmond keeper and a long range effort from the Richmond No 10 which Bussey turned round the post.

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